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(Deadspin)   College outfielder makes a full-speed diving catch with a mid-air front somersault. Degree of difficulty: 4.9   (deadspin.com) divider line 24
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2013-03-01 10:27:46 AM
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2013-03-01 10:28:33 AM
Impressive!
 
2013-03-01 12:16:08 PM

JohnnyCanuck: Impressive!


Guess you didn't see the post above you...

That being said, great athletic recovery on a ball that had no business being caught.
 
2013-03-01 01:30:43 PM
Holy crap.
 
2013-03-01 02:56:46 PM
Yeah yeah, nice catch...who cares. The important story is the one they linked to about Milkbone putting out baseball cards in 1993 of players with their dogs, including this absolutely priceless gem:

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Because that's a Larry Walker dog if I have ever seen one.
 
2013-03-01 03:11:27 PM
It makes for a good film clip but doesn't say much about his baseball skills.
 
2013-03-01 03:20:10 PM
Well, if he would have got a better jump on that ball he wouldn't have had to make it look so impressive.
 
2013-03-01 03:37:04 PM

Pincy: Well, if he would have got a better jump on that ball he wouldn't have had to make it look so impressive.


it's hard to react quickly when the crack of the bat awakens you from a peaceful slumber.
 
2013-03-01 03:38:47 PM
And by "mid-air" you mean he caught it full out, then put his arm down and flipped around sideways. Not really a somersault, nor did it start in mid-air.
 
2013-03-01 04:53:07 PM
Shoulder roll  ≠ Somersault.
 
2013-03-01 05:27:50 PM

Pincy: Well, if he would have got a better jump on that ball he wouldn't have had to make it look so impressive.


The jump was fine.  The problem was that he was baby-stepping as he was tracking it and fell WAY behind.

The ball wasn't doing anything crazy.  Nice catch-up speed and recovery, but a good percentage of beer leaguers could make the same catch with a routine jaunt to where the ball was going to go.
 
2013-03-01 06:58:58 PM

Pincy: Well, if he would have got a better jump on that ball he wouldn't have had to make it look so impressive.


Thank you. That is the thing most people don't realize about most of those incredible diving catches they see on the highlight reels.
 
2013-03-01 07:00:43 PM
And he used a glove!
 
2013-03-01 07:05:18 PM

ongbok: Pincy: Well, if he would have got a better jump on that ball he wouldn't have had to make it look so impressive.

Thank you. That is the thing most people don't realize about most of those incredible diving catches they see on the highlight reels.


It's the same reason why everyone thinks that Granderson is an amazing outfielder.  Everyone sees the diving catches, but nobody bothers to notices the shiatty break he got that required him to dive.
 
2013-03-01 07:08:01 PM

R Kelly's Doo Doo Butter: It's the same reason why everyone thinks that Granderson is an amazing outfielder.


Or Derek Jeter an amazing defensive shortstop.  The guy has to make everything look miraculous because he has no range.  That and Yankee fans think he's Jesus or something.
 
2013-03-01 09:47:51 PM
How are all of you professional baseball players commenting so much during Spring Training?
 
2013-03-01 10:18:17 PM

R Kelly's Doo Doo Butter: ongbok: Pincy: Well, if he would have got a better jump on that ball he wouldn't have had to make it look so impressive.

Thank you. That is the thing most people don't realize about most of those incredible diving catches they see on the highlight reels.

It's the same reason why everyone thinks that Granderson is an amazing outfielder.  Everyone sees the diving catches, but nobody bothers to notices the shiatty break he got that required him to dive.


You mean the Jim Edmonds effect?

To which I'll say, "Andruw Jones is the single greatest defensive player of all time" and people will say he's not even that good.
 
2013-03-01 11:00:52 PM

JohnnyCanuck: Impressive!


Why did I read that in Garrus' voice?
 
2013-03-02 04:36:33 AM
GO WOLFPACK!!!!!
 
2013-03-02 09:30:55 AM

HideAndGoFarkYourself: How are all of you professional baseball players commenting so much during Spring Training?


This.  I was impressed enough when I saw how many International Maritime Law experts Fark had during the Palestinian flotilla.  Now I find out that we have several pro outfielders among us as well.  Pretty impressive, Drew, pretty impressive.
 
2013-03-02 09:49:40 AM

HideAndGoFarkYourself: How are all of you professional baseball players commenting so much during Spring Training?


In case you weren't paying attention, I'm saying I've seen better outfield play in beer league softball.  If you're stutter-stepping to a routine fly that isn't curving or knuckling at all, your tracking is horrible.

/ my tracking is horrible
// which is why I play infield
 
2013-03-02 10:35:22 AM

dragonchild: Pincy: Well, if he would have got a better jump on that ball he wouldn't have had to make it look so impressive.

The jump was fine.  The problem was that he was baby-stepping as he was tracking it and fell WAY behind.

The ball wasn't doing anything crazy.  Nice catch-up speed and recovery, but a good percentage of beer leaguers could make the same catch with a routine jaunt to where the ball was going to go.


It's almost as though he were timing his run so that he'd get to show off.
 
2013-03-02 02:41:26 PM
It's called "shaping it up" people.   Like when an NHL goalie catches a puck and whips his arm above his head to make it look like he barely caught it.   Nice catch but could have been routine for a high schooler.
 
2013-03-02 05:43:39 PM

Kyosuke: It's almost as though he were timing his run so that he'd get to show off.


Nah, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he wasn't trying to show off; he well could've injured himself on the tumble.  I've had to overexert routine fly balls when playing outfield myself.  But like I said, I'm a terrible outfielder.
 
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